A Summer of Diversity and Justice for UUCW Religious Exploration & Education

A Summer of Diversity and Justice for 
UUCW Religious Exploration & Education

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Exploration & Education

This coming Sunday, June 14th is the Religious Exploration Sunday Service at 10am over Zoom. I hope you can make it. We have worked hard on this service and it will be filled with delightful music, thank-yous and images from the year. In the past, the Religious Exploration Sunday has always marked the end of RE experiences until we start back up in September.

I have polled parents over the years, asking if they would be interested in a Religious Exploration program held over the summer months. The response was usually no, because of travel and vacationing. I know this summer could be a little different for many families.

The Youth Group high school teens who meet every Sunday wish to continue meeting virtually over the summer. I also plan to have a couple of monthly “meet-ups” for the Coming of Age teens as well as a small gathering where we bury a COA 2020 time capsule in our front gardens at the church. I am planning for a socially distanced/ masked event…not knowing what the future safety guidelines have in store for us.

UUCW will offer summer services over Zoom for the congregation at 10 am each Sunday. This will be organized by Sheri Linn and will be following a UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum called “What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists.” It should be very interesting!

I have finally made a decision that I will offer an RE program virtually for most weeks of the summer. Exploring Diversity and Justice – Stories and Discussion for Children will begin on June 21st and run through August 30th with no meeting on July 4th.

We have a wonderful RE library at UUCW filled with books that align with our Unitarian Universalist Principles. Therefore, we have many important books that allow us to explore challenging topics like racial equality, different types of families, food justice, LQBTQI discussions, immigration. We have intentionally culled together special books which honor our roots, our differences, and our unique abilities. Over the summer we will explore different topics that I will pre-announce each week, and give children space to have light discussions in a safe environment over Zoom.

Our virtual summers will be most Sundays from 9 am to approx 9:30/45 am

June 14th- RE Sunday Service ONLY 1 Service at 10 am for ALL
June 21st- 9 am Father’s Day Family/child Zoom
June 28- 9 am What is General Assembly? Family/child Zoom

July 4 – NO RE

July 19-August 30th-9 am Exploring Diversity and Justice- Stories and Discussions for Children
September 6 – No RE
September 13 – Regular Programming resumes- please stay tuned on what that will look like!!

I hope to see you all on Zoom this Sunday for the RE Sunday Service: A Picture of Health at 10 am

Join Zoom Meeting
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With Peace and Love,
Robin


Ways to Help
Rev. Aaron Payson

People are wondering what they can do in these times. I know I do. How can I help? What can I do that is in line with my values, my financial situation, my desire to stay home yet still help? Here are some places to start:

Start Here at Home – at UUCW
Don’t forget to make your pledge if possible. Or make a gift that can be credited to this fiscal year. We will be dealing with lost rental and fundraising income due to the current gathering restrictions. We need to keep our staff, programs and building running even if we are not together. Go to www.uucworcester.org/donate to make a gift for this year or pledge for next year.

If you are interested in helping members of our Community who are struggling, consider contributing an additional amount to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. These funds are used to help people with rent, prescription expense and other vital necessities.

Contribute to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
There are two ways you can contribute to the Pantry at this time. If you are interested in contributing financially, go to the Loaves & Fishes online donation form.

We are also looking for hygiene supplies that our folks cannot purchase with SNAP. Last month we were able to give a bar of soap to all our clients. If you are able to drop off hygiene supplies, specifically wipes, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and/or deodorant that would be great. The drop-off location is Dianne Mann’s house: 21 Ridgewood Rd. Worcester, MA 01606. There will be a tub at the side porch for any donations. Any questions, contact: Dianne Mann at

Contribute to the Interfaith Hospitality Network Homeless Shelter
IHN is the Shelter that we partner with several times a year. They have many needs right now. This morning they were asking for the hygiene supplies we all need. They, too, have asked for additional money since they are in a position of needing staff to help cover the evening and night shifts that church people were supposed to cover. If you are interested in helping with the IHN Shelter, would like to know what they need, etc. Contact: Robin Mitzcavitch at .

Worcester Mutual Aid
If you are a Facebook user and want to help in specific ways, you may want to get on the Worcester Mutual Aid Facebook Group. There are specific postings here for people who need help. There are a wide variety of questions. Perhaps you will know the answer to a question about unemployment, rental questions, etc. We will all get through this together.

Worcester Mutual Aid Facemask Working Group
We’ve all heard how the people on the front lines do not have enough PPE. There is a large network of sewers out there making masks like crazy. Our own Robin Mitzcavitch is one of them! Perhaps you have fabric, elastic, t-shirts, etc. laying around that you never had time to sew, check into this group or ask Robin how you can help.

It’s tough times folks! Never before have we seen anything like it. I have faith that we will all get through this together. Take care of yourself those around you. If you have any needs, please reach out to me. And, if you have the time and/or money to help others, I encourage you to do that as well.

Peace,
Rev. Aaron Payson
/ 508-963-5959